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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Undergraduate questions answered

You can find the most common questions from students answered on this page.


Yes, switching between degrees is possible. To move from BSc degrees to MChem degrees, we ask that students meet and maintain a yearly mark above 60%. If you meet this academic benchmark, you can proceed as an MChem student. If you do switch to an MChem degree, but then fail to maintain academic performance above 60%, you will have to move back onto the BSc degree stream. We usually ask that students let us know about any degree changes by the end of Year Two. If students have an interest in overseas or industrial placements, the department need to know much earlier in Year Two.


The department cannot guarantee a place on a BSc degree stream. It depends on many factors such as total student population, and the number of students meeting their entry requirements.


It fluctuates from year to year, but a representative range is 140-160.


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Although this will fluctuate in different years of study, and in different terms. A representative work-load for a typical Year One chemistry undergraduate will be:

    • Roughly 10 hours of lectures
    • One-two days of laboratory work and one workshop (class size can be anything from 25 to entire cohort)
    • one tutorial small group teaching in a group of six students with an academic
    • One large group workshop, with a size range from 20 to full cohort

    There is an option to attend ChemCafe sessions organised by our Chemistry Society. You might also want to attend invited lectures delivered by academic speakers from other universities.


    Both degrees generally have a common Year One and Year Two. In the Medicinal Chemistry degree, Year Three has optional modules with a focus on drug development and pharmaceutics. Students on the MChem Medicinal Chemistry undertake a research project in their 4th year. This relates to their specialism, such as developing new antibiotics or synthesising natural products.


    It depends on the year and the term, but you can expect to work in the undergraduate teaching laboratory an average of one-two days per week across Years One and Two. In Year Four, you'll undertake a research project with one of our academic groups, requiring you to undertake lab work around three days each week in terms one and two.


    Yes! Second year students will have the option to replace some of their lab work with an optional module. These can be from an external department, such as physics or life sciences. Year Three students and Year Four students can also choose optional modules to suit their own academic interests.

    For more information on optional modules visit our undergraduate study pages.


    In Year 3, representative optional modules include:

    • Energy
    • Molecular structure and dynamics
    • Bioorganic chemistry
    • Polymer and colloid science
    • Communicating science

    In Year Four, representative optional modules include:

    • Advanced computational chemistry
    • Electrochemistry and nanotechnology
    • Advanced biophysical chemistry
    • Macromolecular synthesis

    For more information on optional modules visit our undergraduate study pages.


    Yes. The Mchem with International placement degree involves an overseas placement. This involves working in an academic group at another university. This takes place for three- six months, starting in term three of Year Three.


    Yes. The Mchem with Industrial placement degree involves a one-year industrial project in Year Three. Students join an industrial partner to undertake a piece of research, while also keeping in touch with our core Year Three degrees through distance learning.


    No. Although, it's useful to be able to converse in the language of the country your visiting, it's not essential. The academic groups which host our students can generally communicate well in English.


    Yes. The Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS) at Warwick gives students a stipend to undertake some research with an academic group. Students on the four-year degrees undertake a research project while embedded in one of our academic research groups, focussing on answering questions at the cutting-edge of the chemical sciences.

    For more information on how you can get invloved visit the URSS website


    Yes. Our undergraduate Chemistry Society (ChemSoc) is a vibrant and active society that welcomes all members. You can get involved in regular social events, such as our annual ball, or take part in outreach activities at science galas and local schools. ChemSoc also run a weekly term-time meeting called ChemCafe. Here students get together to socialise, help each other with course material and lab work. There are often lectures from invited speakers, such as Warwick academics or invited speakers from industry.


    First year undergraduate students have access to convenient on-campus accommodation, subject to demand.

    Please visit Warwick's accommodation website for the options we offer.


    Warwick University is on the edge of Coventry, located on a modern campus with state-of-the-art facilities. Coventry will be the City of Culture in 2021, so there will be lots of local activities, like music festivals and arts fairs. England's second city, Birmingham, is a 20-25 minute train-ride from Coventry. Birmingham has great shops in the Bull Ring, theatres, sports arenas and more. The nearby town of Leamington Spa is a Georgian wonder, with a great high street and lots of trendy bars and restaurants. Coventry itself is less than 1 hour away by train from Central London. Birmingham International airport is 20 mins away from the university campus.


    Warwick boasts outstanding sports facilities for almost any interest. The new Sports Hub, opened in Summer 2019, has:

    • 12-lane swimming pool
    • Large multi-sports hall
    • Squash courts
    • Fitness studios
    • 706 sqm of climbing walls and a large gym with over 230 fitness stations.

    There are indoor and outdoor tennis courts, outdoor sport pitches for rugby, football, and cricket and an athletics track.

    Please visit Warwick's sports webpage for the latest updates.